The deal makes sense in the long-term, as shortstop Francisco Lindor is considered one of the best prospects in baseball. Cabrera is coming off a poor season, in which he hit .242/.299/.402 in 508 at-bats. Cabrera's contract is up after this season.
Bay would join the Yomiuri Giants. Last season, Bay hit .204/.298/.393 in 206 at-bats. He was released by the club in early August.
The D-Backs would send pitchers
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed on a new posting system, according to the New York Post.
The details of the agreement had emerged over the past few weeks, but the deal was not officially agreed to until recently. Under the new system, MLB clubs can submit a max bid of $20 million for a player in the NPB. That player will then be able to negotiate with any team that put in the max bid.
This should impact pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is expected to be the first player to experience the new system, provided he is posted. Tanaka's team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, have yet to decide whether to make him available.
Davis was said to be close with the club Tuesday morning. He'll likely be the starter in left field, replacing Andy Dirks. Davis hit .260/.312/.375 in 331 at-bats last season. He stole 45 bases. The terms of the contract are not known at this time. The deal is said to be between $9 million and $10 million.
Infante is coming off a season in which he hit .318/.345/.450 in 453 at-bats. Not surprisingly, he's seeking a long-term deal. The 31-year-old spent the past two seasons in Detroit.
Sizemore has not played in the majors since 2011. Knee and back injuries have ruined his career. Sizemore hit .224/.285/.422 in 268 at-bats in 2011. A reunion in Cleveland is not a fit, according to the report.
Papelbon is under contract over the next two seasons, and is owed $26 million. He also has an option for 2016. That option vests based on Papelbon's performance. Brown has yet to go through arbitration, and is under team control until after the 2017 season. He's coming off a season in which he hit .272/.324/.494 in 496 at-bats.
Hamels signed a long-term extension in 2012, and is owed about $22.5 million per season through 2018. The deal also includes an option for $20 million. He had a 3.60 ERA in 220 innings. Lee is owed $50 million over the next two seasons. He has a $27.5 million option for 2016. Lee had a 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings last season. The Phillies will not eat any money, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
The Tigers are looking for an upgrade in left field, and were said to be in on Davis. There's a sense that Shin-Soo Choo may have become too expensive for the club. Last season with the Blue Jays, the 33-year-old Davis hit .260/.312/.375 in 331 at-bats.